Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) members historically have produced the majority of the organic cotton grown in the United States. Founded in 1993, TOCMC is headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, and most of its member are located in the surrounding South Plains area.
This region of Texas, the heart of “the world’s largest cotton patch,” is well-suited to the production of organic cotton. Winter temperatures are cold enough to limit insect pressure and provide a hard freeze to defoliate the cotton plants prior to mechanical harvest. In addition, a sunny climate and quick-drying soils facilitate timely weed control.
The cooperative has approximately 40 producer members who plant 18-20,000 acres of organic and transitional cotton each year. In recent years, total annual production on these family farms has ranged from 10,000 to 17,000 bales. Since many of these farms have limited or no irrigation, yields are very rainfall dependent and vary significantly from year to year.
TOCMC and its members are certified organic under the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program (USDA-NOP) and TOCMC is also Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. Each bale of cotton marketed by TOCMC is tracked from the field to the customer. Buyers can know the producer’s name and farm for each bale purchased.
USDA classing specifications are used to classify each bale of TOCMC cotton into different quality pools. Payments to producers are determined by the pool in which the bale falls, giving producers an incentive to grow the highest quality cotton possible. However, quality, like yield, is somewhat subject to weather conditions that are beyond the farmers’ control, resulting in some year-to-year variations in the percentage of the crop in each pool.
The quality pools are also the basis of TOCMC’s price structure. Customers receive bales from the pool containing cotton of the quality specifications they have requested and are charged the price related to that pool.
TOCMC members grow other organic crops including peanuts, wheat, corn, blue corn, milo, forage sorghum, soybeans, black-eyed peas, and watermelons. Also, the cottonseed, which is separated from the cotton fiber in the ginning process, is marketed to organic dairies for feed.
Who We Are
TOCMC Board Members
Left to Right: (back) Jeff Payne, Carl Pepper, Cliff Bingham, Ron Goebel
(front) Randi Harris, Darlene Vogler, Jeremy Brown
Why should you purchase organic cotton from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative?
We have been producing organic cotton since 1993.
FARMER OWNED & OPERATED
You can do business with the individuals who are actually out in the field growing the cotton.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
We are dedicated to farming in a sustainable manner to preserve our farms for our children and grandchildren.
TRACEABILITY OF EACH BALE OF COTTON
Each bale can be traced to a specific farmer and field.
KNOWLEDGE OF DIFFERENT PROGRAMS
We can help you get the right fiber for your product.
PROMPT SERVICE & RELIABILITY
We strive to deliver what the customer needs when the customer needs it.
USDA HVI Classing
Provides detailed specifications
Our pool structure encourages high-quality production.
Of product and people.